Weekend Wrap Up

This past weekend, we took a little trip up to Chapel Hill to watch the Hokies kick some Tarheel booty on the football field. My in-laws live in the area and were sweet enough to let us bring our pups and crash at their house for the weekend.

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Friday night, we went to the Fearrington Granary for dinner. For some reason, we were both craving red meat and ordered burgers and beer upon our arrival. Both were delicious. I think if we lived in Fearrington, we’d eat there at least 3 nights a week.

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On Saturday, we spent the day at Kenan Stadium, cheering on our beloved Hokies. The weather could not have been more perfect. We lathered ourselves in sunscreen beforehand but stupidly didn’t take any extra with us so we both got a little unplanned color.

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I ran into THREE people that have been some of my best friends over the years. Jacqueline and I were inseparable for years 18-20. She graduated college before me but did come back to hang out for special events like my 21st and Quadfest. We only live 1.5 hours apart now but we don’t see each other very often. Looking forward to another hang out session this week when she’s in Charlotte.

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Matt and I kind of grew up together (he was my cousin’s best friend) and we went to college together. We ended up hanging out in the same group, doing silly things like chugging Mad Dog 20/20 and running the beer pong table at parties. And of course, my bestie, Seth, who moved to Charlotte just after I did in 2008. I got him in the break-up with my college boyfriend. Seth is one of my most favorite people in the world – and my husband loves him, too. Actually, my whole family loves him. We laugh constantly when we’re together, like laughing til your tummy hurts, laughing. It’s wonderful.

IMG_5612We were so exhausted after the game (I took a two hour nap) and we wanted to watch the Ole Miss/Alabama game, which left us starving at 7 PM. After half an hour on Yelp providing options for places to go, we decided to head out to either the Singaporian place or the Italian place. Half way there I announced that we should just grab a frozen pizza and a red box movie and curl up on the couch. Winner!

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I am not a fan of pizza (never delivery!) and rarely recommend it for a meal, so my husband was happy to hear this idea out of my mouth. He ended up falling asleep in the movie (Blue Jasmine) and I’m pretty sure I only stayed awake because I had a nap earlier.

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Before we left to come home, we took our boys for a long walk which totally wore them out. It was an amazing weekend (especially with that Hokie “W”). I ended the weekend with an hour and a half of hot yoga with a friend, and started my week feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

 

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This weekend was a whirlwind, but a great one! Anytime we get to spend time in Blacksburg and Lane Stadium, it’s a good weekend. One of my favorite pictures of us is from the UNC/VT game last year in Chapel Hill (just after we were engaged).

photo-5And here’s a picture of us from yesterday (just married!) at the UNC/VT game in Blacksburg (where the Hokies sought revenge for the beat down they took last year!).
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Instead of the usual tailgate foods, we had breakfast foods since the game started at 12:30. We also planned for pumpkin beer and mimosas. I made a few quick and easy finger foods for us to pack into the cooler for our still-dark-outside departure. Each of my snacks consisted of only 3 ingredients and took about 20-25 minutes to make. Sharing the recipes for two of the items I made: sausage balls and pumpkin muffins and also “blueberry yogurt poppers” that I made for the first time tonight.

Sausage Balls:

1 lb. ground sausage
1 lb. cheddar cheese (I did not use nearly a pound of cheese)
2 cups of biscuit mix

Mix all three items together and then ball into 1 inch balls and put on a baking sheet. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes (or until golden brown).  *They were good as-is, but I would add spices if I made again, or try to use hot Italian sausage or a spicy cheese.
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Pumpkin Muffins: 

Spice cake mix (just use the mix – don’t actually make cake batter)
15 oz can of pumpkin puree (we used organic)
Spices: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves

Mix all items together and then spoon into cupcake/muffin pan. It’s a thick consistency so be patient with getting the tops smooth if you are a perfectionist. My darling husband helped with this part and later told me he liked the messy muffin look. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.  *Cream cheese icing can be added to the tops but is totally unnecessary. These were DELICIOUS on their own (and SO easy!).

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I also made mini-quiches for our tailgate but they were my least favorite and you can google an easy recipe for that if you’re really interested in it. The other recipe I’m dying to share tonight is one that my college neighbor shared on her blog (you should totally follow her blog!).

Blueberry Yogurt Poppers: 

1 carton of blueberries
1 Non Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp. Honey

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(We used honey that was a wedding gift from one of our wedding guests who has his own bees!)

Mix the honey in with the yogurt. Using a toothpick, dip the blueberry in the yogurt/honey combo and using a second toothpick, slide the blueberry onto wax paper. Repeat (with your entire carton of blueberries). Once you’re all done, put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. We’re excited to snack on these this week at work (can you tell I’m failing miserably at my no-dairy-no-dessert in October challenge?).
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Would love to hear of other simple snack recipes that you have (preferably healthy but never opposed to deliciousness). Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Go Hokies!